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Dialogue Quotations

“In pursuit of knowledge every day something is acquired.
In pursuit of wisdom everyday something is dropped.”
—- Lao Tzu

“The only barrier is our readiness.
Our task is to free our hearts and minds.
The handle is on the inside
of the door. Only we can open it.”
—- John O”Donahue 

“Out beyond all ideas
of wrongdoing and rightdoing
there is a  field
I will meet you there.”  —- Rumi                                               

“Listen as if…
Listen as if you can’t always tell 
      What the truth is.   
Listen as if you might be wrong
Especially when you know you are right.
Listen as if you were willing to take a risk
Of growing beyond
Your righteoousness      
Listen as if   
Love mattered.” 
—-Paul Williams from Nation of Lawyers                                                       

“Many people think they are thinking when they are really managing their prejudices.”
—-William James

“Real communication only takes place when there is silence (internal silence)…”

“Dialogue—discovering the flow of meaing in such a way that incoherence can be
seen and dissolved in order that wholeness can be recognized/remembered/revealed and lived.”
—-Glenna Gerard

“Observed thought changes.”
—-David Bohm

“In dialogue we don’t debate. It’s not my views “versus” yours…Living separately and ignorantly traps us all in fear, hateful behavior and moral rot.  I’ve heard too many arguments but I grow more hopeful with women who are now my friends.”
—- Benita, Zeitouna member